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Feathered Christmas Topiaries

Okay, so do y’all remember the fall topiaries I made a month or so ago with tomato cages? Well, now that the seasons are changing, it’s time to put away the fall décor and revamp with winter wonderland elements. I decided to use the same structure of my fall topiaries, but put a spin on them for winter. Get ready for another quick and easy project!
Time: 15 Minutes Cost: $60 Difficulty: Easy
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-14 (6') feather boas
-ornaments or other decorative accessories (I used Christmas picks from Michaels)
*If you didn’t make the fall topiaries, here is a list of the supplies used to create the structure:
-54" tomato cage (2)
-12" planter pot (2)
-bolt cutters
-50" Christmas light strands (2)
-rubberbands (2)
*Note: If you are starting from scratch, you’ll first want to decide how tall you want your topiaries to be and snip your tomato cages with bolt cutters. Then, place each tomato cage on a pot/urn. For mine, I was able to push the cage down over the lip of each pot to secure my cages. After the cages were secure on the pots, I took a rubberband and tied the 4 individual pieces of metal together (this would be the end that usually goes in the ground but in our case will be the topiary top).
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STEP 1: Wrap lights
When I did my fall topiaries, I wrapped the garland around my cages first. This time, I decided to follow the advice of many Hometalk readers/commentators and wrap my lights first. I used one 50’ strand per cage, starting at the top with the female outlet and working my way down with the male outlet being on the bottom, so as to nicely plug into the wall without there being wires everywhere.
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If you want extra security for the lights to stay put, simply use bread ties or zip ties to secure them to the tomato cage.
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STEP 2: Wrap feather boas
Next, I located the little thread loop at the end of one boa, secured it to the top of the cage and wrapped the boa around until I ran out — I used the other little thread loop at the other end of that same boa and secured it to one of the lights so it would stay put. I repeated this until I wrapped a total of 7 boas around one cage, then did the same steps for my other topiary.
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I love how pretty these feather topiaries look by themselves all lit up! You could almost just stick a star on the top and call it a day! :)
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STEP 3: Decorate!
Finally, it was time to add my final touches — I placed a funky gold sequined topper on the top of my topiary, then added pink, lime green and turquoise glitter berry picks to the rest of my topiaries. Have fun with this step and show your personality! I was so tempted to just do black and white — something really chic — or keep it somewhat traditional with the colors but with red and lime green. However, I ultimately settled on these fun colors. I think they sort of look like fireworks!
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It’s so amazing how a tomato cage can become something as elegant and classy as this feather boa topiary. I hope I see a bunch of renditions of this project in the comments! Happy Hometalking!
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Ok here's one last shot of the topiaries all lit up with the lights off...now to keep Bo away from them! haha!
*Note for safety: I did some research and saw nothing that stated it was unsafe to have boas wrapped around Christmas lights, however, I have kept my eye out and felt them from time-to-time when they've been on for a while. They do get warm so I would recommend turning them off if you're not going to be home just to be extra safe.
*Note on price: The price of this project reflects only the boas and picks.

Materials I used for this project:

  • 14 (6') feather boas   (WalMart (online))
  • Christmas picks   (Michaels)
  • 54" tomato cage   (on hand (from HD))
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Got a question about this project?

  • Renee Choi
    Renee Choi
    on Dec 13, 2016

    You can safely wrap garland around cage and it's used to the Heat of lights, FYI

  • Kleen
    Kleen Gig Harbor, WA
    on Dec 18, 2016

    Word of caution: This is a beautiful idea; however, feathers are painfully yanked from live birds in a very cruel & horrible process. Same for angora wool, yanked from live rabbits. Avoid angora wool, feather pillows & down clothing. So sorry to be a downer on such a lovely tree, but feathers are most beautiful if left on birds.

    • Kleen
      Kleen Gig Harbor, WA
      on Dec 29, 2016

      Glitter Girl: Never heard of faux feathers, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. With fowl feathers filled pillows or clothes, eventually the feathers come out of the seams or the feather stems poke out of the item. Down alternative is a great way to go with clothing, pillows etc.,; obviously, wouldn't help with your lovely tree. Sorry ☹️

  • Sheila D
    Sheila D Crystal River, FL
    on Dec 21, 2016

    I believe feathers are collected from molted birds.

  • Loiscooks
    on Dec 22, 2016

    Love it! One of my friends did something similar for a party, but we found it was a little unstable. Solution was to put a gallon jug f water in the bottom. Probably would not need it if used a clay pot, but one that size was kinda pricey our needs.

  • Kelly Camp
    Kelly Camp
    on Jan 19, 2017

    Really cute idea! I'm going to try this for Valentine décor also.

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